• Front Porch of the Garfield Home - site of 1880 presidential campaign

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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  • Garfield Home to Close in September; Visitor Center and Grounds Remain Open

    The Garfield Home will close September 2 through April, 2015 for the installation of a new geothermal heating and air conditioning system. The Visitor Center and Grounds will remain open during this time; Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm. More »

The Campaign and Election of 1880

Take a break from the commercials, debates and polls surrounding the 2012 election to learn more about the campaign of 1880, when Republican James A. Garfield faced Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock. What were the issues? How did the candidate campaign? How did anyone know what a candidate believed in the days before Facebook, Twitter and 24-hour news channels? Learn all of this and more on Saturday, November 3 at 1p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Program is free of charge; fees apply to tours of the Garfield home.

Did You Know?

1976 Photo of Lawnfield by Robert Riggin

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site was given the name Lawnfield by reporters in 1880. Up until then, the Garfield family called it "The Mentor Farm".